Hello again! We are back in the travel section to continue our cruise with another island, MYCONOS.
Mykonos is a Greek island, part of the Cyclades, lying between Tinos, Syros, Paros and Naxos. The island spans an area of 85.5 square kilometres and rises to an elevation of 341 metres at its highest point. The town is also known as Chora.Mykonos’ nickname is The island of the winds.
When we arrived there, we saw a street artist playing saxophone with his best friend, his cute little dog. This artist was very good and he looked like he was really enjoying the art that he was doing. The funny part was that while he played the instrument the cute little dog singed along with him. It was so adorable!
Greece is known all over the world for its astonishing mythology. In Greek mythology, the Mykonos was named after its first ruler, Mykons, the son or grandson of the god Apollo and a local hero. The island is also said to have been the location of a great battle between Zeus and Titans and where Hercules killed the invincible giants having lured them from the protection of Mount Olympus. It is even said that the large rocks all over the island are the petrified testicles of the giants; this portion of the myth is the source of the slang term “stones” attested in most major European languages.
What caught my eye was that this island was very similar to Santorini. The caracteristic white houses but it was not only white and blue, there were even green, red and yellow doors and windows which gave more colors and life to this city.
Myconos is well known for its giant wind mills. Not functional, but a very atractive point of the island. The windmills are a defining feature of the Mykonian landscape.
Capped with wood and straw, the windmills were built by the Venetians in the 16th century to mill flour and remained in use until the early 20th century. The interesting part was that many of them have been refurbished and restored to serve as homes to locals and vaults to numerous Mykonian heritage documents.
From this point of view, you could see Little Venice, rows of fishing houses line the waterfront with their balconies hanging over the sea.
Some of the houses have now been converted into bars and cafes and little shops and galleries. Little Venice is considered one of the most romantic spots on the island, and we enjoyed watching the sunset. It was a magnificent scenery!
Matias cought an old man and talked to him. He looked very sad and they talked together. He had story to tell… A great ship Capitan dies along with his ship. But this is not the story at hand.
Life came and went for this Capitan of outdated ideals of sea and ocean. Although he is alive, a part of him died years ago with his ship.
Every story has an end. This was the second edition. With love, beautiful history but also a sad one.
Until next time…
Lots of love…
Rea & Matias.